All rights reserved. [102] At least 74 people have been killed across Honduras as a result of Eta, mainly due to landslides and drownings. [103] A 13-year-old girl was killed when a mudflow caused her home to collapse in the village of Carmen. [36] Eta then briefly regained minimal hurricane status at 12:35 UTC on November 11, reaching a fourth peak intensity with winds of 75 mph (120 km/h) and a pressure of 983 mbar (hPa; 29.03 inHg).[37]. [55] More than 20,000 pounds of food were stored at the Offices of Risk Management and National Contingencies in San Pedro Sula, ahead of the storm. Eta brought heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the Cayman Islands and Cuba, the latter of which was already dealing with overflowing rivers that prompted evacuations. [58] The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River cleared pipes to prevent flooding in communities along the river. The Nicaraguan Government provided 88 tons of food to the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, the hardest hit area. Relief efforts for those affected by the storm were extensive and widespread, involving several countries. [52], A red alert was placed for Honduran departments of Gracias a Dios, Colón, Atlántida, Islas de la Bahía, and Olancho while a yellow alert was declared for Santa Bárbara, Francisco Morazán, Comayagua, El Paraíso, Yoro, and Cortés. [40] Eta bottomed out with winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) before restrengthening as it began its extratropical transition. PURULHA, Guatemala — A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in Cuba Sunday and was aimed at the southern tip of Florida, where a hurricane warning was posted for a … Eta rapidly weakened to a tropical depression as it meandered across Central America for two days before moving north over water. [76] Preliminary damage in the nation were almost ₡10 billion (US$16.5 million). People walk around a road blocked by a landslide in Purulha, northern Guatemala Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. [111] Despite a ban on fishing activities, one fisherman drowned off the coast of Playa El Espino in the Usulután Department. [28] Eta weakened slightly after making landfall in Cuba's Sancti Spíritus Province, but this was short-lived as it quickly moved back over water in the Atlantic Ocean and began to re-strengthen again as it turned sharply northwestward around the northeastern side of an upper-level low that has formed over the extreme northwestern Caribbean Sea near the Isle of Youth. It later reorganized over the Caribbean as it accelerated toward Cuba on November 7. [41][42] The storm completed its transition on November 13. The Hurricane Center said Eta was located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Canagua, Cuba, Sunday morning and was moving north-northeast at 12 mph (19 kph). Many places are currently without power. [64] The next day, tropical storm warnings were put into effect for all of the islands. Flooding caused 559 residents to flee their homes and two others had to be rescued. [12] Eta then reached Category 3 status at 18:00 UTC before becoming a Category 4 hurricane three hours later, with prolific lightning being observed in its eyewall. A ferry leaving Roatán was rocked by large waves and winds with 300 passengers onboard while trying to reach the port of La Ceiba. A hurricane watch and a tropical storm … [88], Communities along the Macal and Mopan rivers in western Belize experienced severe flooding due to Hurricane Eta. [116], At least 27 people died as heavy rains attributed to Eta caused swelled streams and rivers. Hurricane Eta was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that wreaked havoc across parts of Central America in early November 2020. As Tropical Storm Eta wallops Cuba, the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metro areas, as well as the Florida Keys, are on alert as Eta is expected to hover just below Category 1 hurricane status. Flooding in the neighboring state of Tabasco was so bad that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador cut short a trip to western Mexico and was flying to Tabasco, his home state, to oversee relief efforts. [99] In La Ceiba, floodwaters rushed through streets, and the flooding also washed away a structure at a local cemetery. Eta had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph on Monday night and was centered about 90 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba, the Hurricane Center said. The heaviest rains were concentrated along the nation's Pacific coast, especially in Guanacaste Province. In southern Mexico, across the border from Guatemala, 20 people died as heavy rains attributed to Eta caused mudslides and swelled streams and rivers, according to Chiapas state civil defense official Elías Morales Rodríguez. Keep discussions on topic, avoid personal attacks and threats of any kind. By November 8, 14,362 people remained in shelters and required hygiene supplies. Several Emergency Response Units stationed globally were to be dispatched to affected areas. All lanes of Interstate 95 near the city were closed due to flooding. [76] A bridge crossing the Río Grande de Zacapa in Jocotán was washed away. [134], With damage from Hurricane Eta spanning the entirety of Central America, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a "massive, multi-country operation". The center of the storm was located north of Cuba … [92], Officially, Eta made two landfalls in Florida - it hit the central part of the Florida Keys late Sunday, November 7, and made landfall again at about 4 a.m. Thursday, November 10, near Cedar Key, roughly 130 miles north of Tampa. People left homeless were moved to various shelters after the storm had passed. Approximately 2.5 million were affected by the storm, including 1.7 million in Honduras. Landslides were expected in many areas due to saturated soils. While we did not experience the wind damanages of the hurricane we have gotten tremendous rainfall over the past few days. [100] In Olanchito, 12 people, including two newborns, were trapped. [135] The agency began relief operations on November 4 in Nicaragua, and soon expanded to neighboring nations. More than 10,000 people sought refuge at shelters in Puerto Cabezas and surrounding villages. MEXICO CITY—Tropical storm Eta headed toward southern Florida on Sunday after leaving Cuba, where it caused limited damage.. © Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Image Source : AP. Shortly after its upgrade, however, another shot of dry air rapidly eroded the convective pattern and caused the eye feature to dissipate, causing Eta to weaken back into a tropical storm at 18:00 UTC. [114] The highway that connects the province of Chiriquí with Bocas del Toro collapsed near Hornito, blocking the passage of vehicles in both directions. Access to clean water was significantly disrupted due to high turbidity and power outages, though 60% of service was restored by November 7. [18] Land interaction caused Eta to rapidly weaken as it moved slowly westward after landfall with its eye disappearing and its central convection weakening. In Cuba, Eta continued to flood coastal zones and … [105] A 37-year-old man also drowned in San Manuel, in western Lempira department. A total of 6 homes were destroyed while another 64 homes and 24 businesses suffered damage. [61] The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) advised residents to stay vigilant for possible flooding and landslides. [101] A wall collapsed at a prison in El Progreso letting in waist-deep floodwaters, causing the evacuation of more than 600 inmates. At least eleven [91] people were killed due to flooding in the Carolinas, including a child, while over 33 people were rescued in a flooded campground. In Tabasco, more than 10 rivers have overflowed their banks. To date, the Ortega-Murillo regime has not presented an official balance on the effects of the hurricane, and they have refused to recognize the deaths of two artisanal miners as the result of the rains in Siuna among the ETA victims.. [39] The storm further degraded and weakened over land as it accelerated north-northeastward, eventually emerging over the waters of the Atlantic near the Florida–Georgia border at 18:00 UTC. They urged residents to secure their boats and encouraged visitors to consider altering plans until Eta had passed. A peak wind gust of 53 mph was reported in these outer bands near Dania Beach on November 7. [29], Eta briefly gained a mid-level eye feature before dry air and wind shear stripped the center of most of its convection, although the storm was able to maintain its intensity as it grew in size and approached South Florida. [136], The relief effort was severely hampered just two weeks later by the stronger Hurricane Iota, which made landfall approximately 15 miles (25 km) south of where Eta moved ashore. [113] In southern Costa Rica, a landslide onto a house killed two residents, a Costa Rican woman and an American man. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for southern Florida and the Florida Keys, and warnings were issued for central Cuba; parts of southern Florida and the Keys were even put under a hurricane watch. [123] Florida Power & Light reported just over 30,000 power outages in the Miami metropolitan area, including nearly 16,000 in Miami-Dade County alone. The Eta tropical depression is moving toward Cuba after leaving at least a hundred dead and thousands evacuated in Central America, while in the largest island of the Antilles, authorities reported that the phenomenon could turn into a tropical storm in the next few hours. [130][131] Flooding in Pinellas County caused 33 people to be rescued by the Pinellas County Sheriff Office from homes and roadways and in Gulfport, five sailboats became unanchored and ran aground or were pushed up against a seawall. Eta knocked down power lines and trees while damaging roofs and causing flooding in Puerto Cabezas. Eta had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph Sunday evening and was centered north of Cuba, about 65 miles east of Marathon, Fla., and about 90 miles south-southeast of Miami. American. [30] At 04:00 UTC on November 9, Eta made its third landfall on the Lower Matecumbe Key in the Florida Keys with the same intensity as its Cuban landfall. [129] A man died in Bradenton Beach when he was electrocuted by an appliance in standing water caused by the storm and a firefighter was injured as he tried to access the home. [136], A member of Restoring Family Links was dispatched to Honduras for administrative assistance. [124][125] Overall, about 48,500 businesses and homes lost electricity throughout South Florida. [81] An estimated 343,000 people were directly affected by the storm. [14] At 03:00 UTC on November 3, a Hurricane Hunter aircraft found the system still rapidly intensifying with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and a pressure of 927 mbar (hPa; 27.38 inHg) as its forward speed continued to decrease. Today, Eta moved on and is now a Tropical Depression heading northeast of Cuba. [23] On November 7, following a couple of center reformations, the system became better organized and re-strengthened into a tropical storm at 15:00 UTC on November 7. [46] A tropical storm watch was also issued from west of Punta Patuca westward to Punta Castilla late that same day. [115] Flooding in Panama's Chiriqui province, near the Costa Rica border killed 19 people. [65], On November 6, the Government of Cuba issued a tropical storm watch for the provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, La Habana, Havana, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth. [126] Street flooding occurred in Broward, northern Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. Early on November 1, the governments of Honduras and Nicaragua issued Hurricane Watches and Warnings for the northeastern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca to the Honduras–Nicaragua border and the northeastern coast of Nicaragua from the Honduras–Nicaragua border to Puerto Cabezas, respectively. Nobody was injured or killed on the ferry. Authorities say 15 people are confirmed dead and at least 109 are missing in Guatemala, many of them in the landslide in San Cristobal Verapaz. After the Supreme Court failed to respect the vote of "law-abiding states," Lt. Col. Allen West, the Texas GOP chairman, . Hurricane Eta Reaches Florida, Damage Continues. Downed trees and tree branches also resulted. At least one person … The Indigenous community of about 1,200 residents consisted of simple homes of wood and tin roofs clinging to the mountainside. [116][117][118] Residents in low-lying areas of San Ignacio had to be evacuated from their homes. [139][140], With extensive damage across the country, Honduras's Secretary of Infrastructure and Public Services and Institute for Community Development and Water and Sanitation divided relief operations into three zones. [75] Across the archipelago, two people were injured and 141 families were affected. [65][66] Later that day, these were upgraded to tropical storm warnings in some provinces. With flooding beginning during the overnight hours of November 2, the National Emergency Commission (NCE) established multiple shelters for evacuees. [99] Four members of the same family died in the municipality of Gualala due to heavy rains. [68] The next day, these watches were upgraded to tropical storm warnings. No one was injured or killed in the incident. [15] According to the NHC, the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for the Atlantic, Eta maintained its peak winds as it reached its lowest recorded pressure of 923 mbar (hPa; 27.26 inHg) at 06:00 UTC, thus marking its peak intensity as a high-end Category 4 hurricane. Over 10 inches (250 mm) of rain fell in some areas of North and South Carolina. Tropical Storm Eta lashes Florida after slamming Cuba At least one person was killed in Honduras, with over 100 people feared dead in Guatemala, after it hit Central America as a Category 4 hurricane. Eta previously made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday. The Nicaraguan Red Cross coordinated distribution of supplies with the nation's government. [93], As Eta neared landfall, its powerful winds downed power lines and trees while causing flooding and damaging roofs in Puerto Cabezas. [33][34] However, even after its center became sheared to the west of its convection, Eta began to re-intensify again over the warm waters of the Gulf. The Government of Honduras allocated US$2 million in funds and formally appealed for international aid on November 5. [133], Moisture from Eta combined with a cold front moving eastward across the Eastern United States, generating extremely heavy rainfall across Virginia and the Carolinas. Eta initially hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, and authorities from Panama to Mexico were still surveying the damages following days of torrential rains during the week. HAVANA: Tropical storm Eta brought strong winds and torrential rain to Cuba on Sunday (Nov 8) after having cut a destructive and deadly path through parts of Central America and southern Mexico. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday and is predicted to bring a dangerous storm surge and life-threatening flash flooding. Warnings that the system is still dangerous even with decreasing winds, but heavy rain. Damage across the archipelago reached COL$3 billion (US$777,000). But while she held tight to her children, the current swept away Mejía. In Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 140 people were rescued from a school when floodwaters reached the first-floor windows. Tropical depression Eta is expected to strengthen as it moves toward the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Florida as rescue crews in Guatemala search for … Sunday, 08 November 2020 09:43 AM. Hurricane Eta’s arrival in northeast Nicaragua Tuesday followed days of drenching rain as it crawled toward shore. Eta hit Cuba even as searchers in Guatemala were still digging for people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide. [48] Residents in coastal communities were advised to evacuate as supplies, including 88 tons of food, sleeping bags, hygiene kits, and plastic, were delivered to Puerto Cabezas according to SINAPRED. [80] Over 100 people were buried from the landslide, and rescuers began searching them on November 9. [127] One of the state's largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, was flooded. Its slow, meandering path north through Honduras pushed rivers over their banks. 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